Hot Pursuit for a “Minor” Offense

Hot Pursuit for a “Minor” Offense

In early November, the United States Supreme Court issued  a per curiam opinion in Stanton v. Sims[1] reversing the 9th Circuit Court’s decision that a police officer was not entitled to qualified immunity when he was in “hot pursuit” of a suspect wanted for a...
The Law Enforcement Privilege

The Law Enforcement Privilege

Assume you’re involved in a critical incident involving the use of deadly force against a criminal suspect and that your actions result in the suspect receiving severe injuries, such as paralysis. Further, assume that you charge the suspect with several felonies...
Arrest Warrants

Arrest Warrants

Without question, a warrant is not required to arrest a suspect on probable cause while in a public place. This is true even if the arresting officer has ample time to obtain an arrest warrant.1 However, an arrest warrant is necessary, with few exceptions,2 if the...
Who Has You Covered?

Who Has You Covered?

During their careers, officers may find themselves with assignments outside their agency. Municipal police departments sometimes “lend” one or two of their own officers to county, state or federal task force groups for the purpose of tackling narcotics enforcement,...

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